Vietnamese automaker VinFast has announced the arrival of the first shipment of 781 VF 8 vehicles to Nanaimo port, British Columbia.

The VF 8 is now certified for sale in Canada with first deliveries taking place in June 2023, VinFast said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, VinFast has officially received all the necessary certifications to sell cars in Canada and, as planned, the first VF 8 vehicles will be delivered to customers from June 2023 onwards.

The first 781 VinFast VF 8 vehicles arrived in Canada as a part of the initial shipment of 1,879 vehicles exported to North America.

The vessel left Vietnam on April 16 and 1,098 VF 8s were offloaded in California for the US market on May 12.

“Today VinFast has taken another big step in its mission to foster the global electrification revolution,

“I believe with VinFast’s non-stop efforts together with its serious and methodical business strategy, VinFast will soon gain the trust and support from Canadian customers,” said Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Chief Executive Officer of VinFast North America.

In Canada, The VF 8 Eco is listed from C$53,600 ($39,786), while the Plus 260 kW has a starting price of C$59,200 ($43,943).

The VF 8’s battery range has been officially certified by the EPA at 425 kms (264 miles) for the Eco trim, 391 kms (243 miles) for the Plus 300 kW trim and 354 kms (220 miles) for the Plus 260 kW trim.

The VF 8 is equipped with a wide range of advanced technologies including the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and VF Online Packages.

These features will be enhanced through over-the-air updates to improve vehicle functionality and customer experience.

VinFast is a member of Vingroup – envisioned to drive the movement of global smart electric vehicle revolution.

Established in 2017, VinFast owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with scalability that boasts up to 90 percent automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

VinFast established a United States headquarters in Los Angeles, City in Califonia (CA), opened several showrooms and service centers in California, and is developing a site in North Carolina for domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles.

Established in 1993, Vingroup is a Vietnamese conglomerate which focuses on three main areas: technology and industry, services and social enterprise.

Vietnam’s VinFast exports second batch of electric vehicles to North America